Joe Maddon’s name is starting to gain some steam as a candidate to replace Tony LaRussa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls Maddon a “popular candidate.”
Neither DeWitt nor Mozeliak ruled out the possibility of approaching another organization about its manager. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, whose contract with the club expires after next season, represents a popular candidate.
Maddon is a self-proclaimed life-long Cardinals fan. And he would seem like one manager with the personality that would not be afraid to replace a legend. Maddon also knows the Rays have a suitable replacement already on board, in Dave Martinez. So Maddon would be leaving the team in good hands, and at the same time giving Martinez an opportunity Maddon strongly believes in.
But at the same time, Maddon does not seem like the sort to run to a job just because he grew up a fan of that team. And of course, this all comes just days after Maddon said, “I am a Ray and I want to be a Ray,” as he declared his love for the organization.
But if Maddon is going to leave the Rays, the Cardinals, along with the Angels, would seem like the two jobs that would pique his interest. And the Angels job is not coming open anytime soon.